All Refuge lands,
with the exception of the Bellrose Waterfowl Reserve, are accessible year round.
Acceptable outdoor uses include: hunting, fishing, nature photography, hiking, wildlife
observation and boating (10hp motor limit). Refuge hunting and fishing seasons
generally follow state seasons and regulations. Additional information and
refuge specific regulations are also described in the Cypress Creek National
Wildlife Refuge Hunting and Fishing brochure which is available at the Refuge
office, outdoor kiosks, and for download below. This brochure also includes a
map of Refuge ownership, general regulations, and a quick reference guide to
understanding regulatory signs in the field.
Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge Hunting and Fishing Brochure
All State Regulations apply. For a digest of state
regulations, please visit the IDNR publications page at https://dnr.state.il.us/publications/
For more information please contact the Refuge Office at
(618)634-2231 or Zone Law Enforcement Officer Dustin Schelling at
618-889-6265 or at his office at 618-998-5921.
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A migratory bird, breeds and nests throughout in tree cavities over water and eat insects. Prothonotary warblers are a good indicator of healthy bottomland forests and the success of restoration efforts in the Cache River Watershed.
Photo by Stoil Ivanov.